Jet bridges make room for expansion work to proceed on east end
The four temporary jet bridges now online as of Friday, October 28, 2016 trigger the next notable step in the 9-gate expansion project—demolition work on the apron—necessary to extend the current Barbara Jordan Terminal beyond the existing east end.
After creating a secured construction perimeter fence and site, the existing Gates 2 and 3 bridges will be removed. Then, heavy demolition including removing existing concrete will begin, preparing the site for the installation of utilities service and structural foundations. Sewer and water pipes, electrical power and Information Technology (I.T.) requirements will be needed for the construction of:
88,359 square feet of new concourse
52,282 square feet of new apron space
28,205 square feet of new mezzanine and platform level space
5,770 square feet for the outdoor passenger patio.
For the remainder of the expansion build, the striking, close-up views seen now from the upper level roadway of jets parked at Gates 2 and 3, will not return until expansion is completed in 2019. This includes sights of British Airways, Volaris, Frontier and Allegiant planes that were easily seen at the end of the upper level drop-off area. Operations continue, yet the jets will be harder to see for our jet viewing fans.
From the upper level drop-off, a view of the construction site and the back of the almost 600-foot jet bridge will be visible. Inside the terminal a construction wall will be erected at the east end.
Introducing Gate 3A
Viewing the flight monitors in Austin, passengers will now notice a new gate number appearing on the list. Introducing Gate 3A. It is one of the four temporary jet bridges and at nearly 600-feet long, it is the second longest of the four bridges. Located on the east terminal end, it along with the other temp gates were created as part of the expansion project and aids in safely moving passengers and equipment away from the east end and the heavy demolition and construction work zone.
The Gate 2 door remains in its same location, but the Gate 3 door has been relocated adjacent to 3A. Passengers arriving and departing from Gate 4 that reopened on Sept. 24, 2016 will notice that it now has a newer and longer jet bridge than in the past. International arrival flights will continue through the current walkway system down to US Customs for processing.
No interruption of airline and passenger services planned due to construction
Even with the enormity of construction and renovation work taking place at the Austin airport, in the terminal, on the apron and around the airport property, project planning mitigated interruptions to airline operations and other services.
A variety of operational methods and adjustments has been made to include construction progressions but the new temp jet bridges actually give the terminal an additional gate with Gate 3A creating 26 available gates.
Gate 1 will continue to service Texas Sky and other pubic charters with enplane and deplanement shuttle service to aircrafts.
Gates 2 and 3 will continue to service domestic and international flights, including British Airways’ daily to London and Southwest Airlines’ flights to Cancun, plus the three per week Volaris Austin to Guadalajara nonstop. The new Aeromexico Austin to Mexico City nonstop operating four days per week will start Nov. 17. Condor has extended is seasonal nonstop service from Austin to Frankfurt from May-October in 2017.
Beyond the terminal, construction work includes additional parking and hotel construction.
This blog is regularly updated to inform travelers and the public of the latest construction activities at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. Information ranges from customer service improvements to changes in travel processes.